Media theory allows us to understand the images and technologies we interact with every day and, in doing so, prepares us to be more critical, reflexive, and conscientious members of society. Operating on this premise, I devise my courses to equip students to develop both critical skills to analyze the media and technologies they interact with and creative practices to intervene in the world around them. Yet, these skills are not merely instrumental. Learning critical media studies allows students prepare to solve different types of problems in creative and socially engaged ways.
I teach courses on media theory, digital technologies, media criticism, globalization, and Latin American / Latinx cultures.
At times I’ll create assignments and in-class activities that interactive and eclectic so they will interrupt the expectations that students have about courses on cultural studies or media theory. Role playing and brainstorming are among the main practices.